Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Join Richmond Police for a ‘Night Out’ on the Town

Last year, the Richmond Police Department’s big night out – National Night Out – attracted more than 75 civic and neighborhood associations in giving crime a going-away party. This year, the goal is to make the party bigger and better.

Residents are invited to make plans now to join Richmond Police in celebration of National Night Out, which takes place Tuesday, Aug. 2, this year. Richmond and communities across the country will celebrate the 28th Annual National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

“We look at National Night Out as one big party,” said Community, Youth and Intervention Services Division Captain John Hall. “But it is truly a party with a purpose. We’re celebrating the success of our partnerships throughout the city that have helped Richmond realize reductions in crime.”

Richmond Police and Target stores will join forces for the annual National Night Out kickoff event noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the city’s Target, 7107 Forest Hill Ave. Officers and members of the Richmond Sheriff’s Office will be on hand with crime prevention materials and children’s fingerprinting ID kits. The festive atmosphere also will include free food.

If you would like a Richmond Police officer, or maybe even Chief Bryan T. Norwood, to stop by your National Night Out event, contact the Community Care Unit at 646-4395. The deadline to register an event to have a Richmond Police officer stop by on National Night Out is Friday, July 22. The deadline to have your event on the official National Night Out registry is Friday, July 29.

To register your National Night Out event online, visit the Richmond Police website at www.richmondgov.com/police.